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Instant Analysis: Giants fall to Eagles 48-22; Commanders rematch next



The Philadelphia Eagles flexed their NFL-leading record in a 48-22 victory over the New York Giants, who are 1-4-1 since their 7-2 start.


For the second time in three weeks, the Giants (7-5-1) face the Washington Commanders (7-5-1), whom they played to a 20-20 tie on Dec. 4. The Commanders were on their bye this week, setting up a major divisional game with playoff implications on Sunday Night Football at FedExField. The Eagles (12-1) stay on the road the next two weeks with trips to Chicago and Dallas. The Giants will see them again in the season finale in Philadelphia.


*Saquon Barkley was limited in practice Thursday and Friday with a neck issue. The Giants listed him as questionable, but he did not appear on the gameday inactive list. He went on to post a season-low nine carries that amounted to 28 yards as the game slipped away from the Giants.

In his weekly conversation with reporters, Barkley was asked about his current physical condition.

"I feel like it's Week 13 or 14 in the season, no matter if I had 200 touches or 10 touches," he said. "It's a grind. It's the wear and tear of the mind, the body. That's the nature of the NFL but also the beauty of it. I know people saying slow it down – I really don't see it like that. I think we play some tough teams. I think it's been November, December football and we've been playing meaningful games, going against some really good teams and they've been doing a really good job. Now, it's on my side where I've got to continue to reflect on myself and see what I can do better and take advantage of the opportunities that are out there."

*Offensive lineman Shane Lemieux (toe) and Joshua Ezeudu (neck) did not practice this week and were ruled out.

*Isaiah Hodgins, a 2020 sixth-round draft choice by Buffalo, didn't have a single touchdown in his career until last Sunday. Now he has one in back-to-back weeks. The wide receiver hauled one in from two yards for the Giants' first points of the game.

*Daniel Jones completed 18 of 27 passes for 169 yards and a touchdown. He also scored on a one-yard quarterback sneak. Tyrod Taylor relieved him with the game out of reach late in the fourth quarter.


*Defensive lineman Leonard Williams did not practice this week and missed Sunday's game because of the neck injury he suffered last week against Washington. A knee injury kept Williams off the field in Weeks 3-5, the first games he missed due to injury in his eight-year career.

*Starting cornerback Adoree' Jackson (knee) missed his third consecutive game.

*On Saturday, the Giants elevated defensive tackle Ryder Anderson and defensive back Zyon Gilbert from the practice squad.

*The Eagles, who entered in the top five in most offensive categories, set the tone on their first possession and opened with a 14-play, 84-yard touchdown drive that lasted 8:05.

*Philadelphia converted its first four third downs. When the fifth attempt was unsuccessful, Nick Sirianni kept the offense on the field on fourth-and-seven, and Jalen Hurts hit DeVonta Smith for a 41-yard touchdown. Hurts then hit A.J. Brown for a 33-yard score on their next possession as the Giants fell in a 21-0 hole.

*In his second game back after a stint on injured reserve with a calf issue, Azeez Ojulari sacked Hurts twice on Sunday. He also had a strip-sack and recovered the fumble last week against Washington.

*The Giants allowed 48 points and 254 rushing yards, both season highs.


*Punter Jamie Gillan was at the center of an unusual play in the second quarter. He mishandled the snap but followed through with the punt after the ball hit the ground. It was ruled an illegal kick, costing the Giants 10 yards and the loss of down. It led to Brown's long touchdown on the very next play.

*The Eagles had their own adventures in punting after Elerson Smith blocked Arryn Siposs near the goal line. Siposs alertly recovered the ball in the end zone and advanced it just short of the first down marker. While he suffered an ankle injured in the process, the Giants took over and scored a touchdown on the ensuing possession.

*The Giants allowed a 66-yard kickoff return by Boston Scott, leading to an Eagles field goal as they took a 24-7 lead into halftime.


NYG: TE Daniel Bellinger (ribs), LB Micah McFadden (ankle/neck)

PHI: LB Kyron Johnson (shoulder), P Arryn Siposs (ankle), S Reed Blankenship (knee)


NYG: WR David Sills, CB Adoree' Jackson (knee), CB Rodarius Williams, G Shane Lemieux (toe), G Joshua Ezeudu (neck), TE Lawrence Cager, DL Leonard Williams (neck)

PHI: QB Ian Book, RB Trey Sermon, LB Shaun Bradley, G Josh Sills, G Iosua Opeta, DE Janarius Robinson


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